How To Play / FAQs


Survival Card Game – How to Play:

  1. Every scenario assumes the world has gone into chaos and that the apocalypse has taken place.
  2. When dealing cards, feel free to shuffle and pass around the cards between the players or leave the deck in the center of the gaming area and everyone draws a card, or any other way you see fit.
  3. Each turn starts with a player reading a question card to the person next to them, moving clockwise.
  4. Once the card is read, discard it aside.
  5. The answering player has 3 minutes to describe exactly what he or she would do in order to deal with the scenario.
  6. The remaining players will grade the answering players question on a scale from zero to three.
  7. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
  8. Feel free to vote openly or in secret, depending on the maturity of the group. If in secret, one player must be chosen to add up the grades and announce a winner.
  9. Always take the scenarios on the cards at full face value. When in doubt about the complexity of the scenario of a card, the asking player will have the right to frame the scenario or question as they see fit, keeping it close to reality.
  10. Although Conflicted:The Survival Card Game has no foul language or nudity, the content is aimed at mature audiences only. Life in a post apocalyptic world isn’t to be taken lightly.

Modified Rules:

  1. What ifs: The player asks the question on the card to another player next to them. Initially the card must be taken at full face value (there wasn’t enough room to write every single detail). Once the answering player gives their first answer, everyone else will add to the initial question by asking “What If” type of questions that can extend the complexity of the scenario. It is more fun to keep it realistic instead of trying to force the answering player to give a forced answer.
  2. Debate: The initial answer gets debated by the group, then everyone gives feedback on the first answer. After the first answer has been dealt with, every player will go around and give their answer to the same question, continuing the debate until the group decides its time to move on.
  3. Teams: The players can divide themselves into groups and every question gets answered as if 2 or more people were present in the scenario.
  4. You decide: Conflicted: The Survival Card game can be modified to be played however you see fit.

This game is all about the journey, not the destination, as you’ll find out the first time you play it. This game was designed to show you the areas where you need to improve in order to survive a collapse of modern civilization. The goal of Conflicted: The Survival Card Game is to see how far someone is willing to go in order to survive, without losing what makes us all human.

Frequently Asked Questions About Conflicted: The Survival Card Game

1. What is the best thing about the game?
Conflicted: The Survival Card Game is a team building game for preppers. The strength of the game is the social aspect of it.
2. What kind of game is it?
Conflicted: The Survival Card Game is a game designed to educate, entertain and inspire preppers and survivalists. It is played in a post apocalyptic setting. Each individual player acts as the leader of a bugout group as they try to solve the toughest scenarios after the apocalypse. The leader who can make the decisions that satisfy the group the most wins.
The cards themselves do not have any teachings or tips on them, but the questions they ask help the players get familiar with themselves as a group as to the survival philosophy of everyone.

3. What's in the box?
A deck of +/- 52 scenario cards and 2 rule cards.
4. What will playing the game do for me?
We asked the Beta Testers and we got several answers. Here are our top 10 answers to this question:
  • It opens up in depth discussions regarding what kind of world we’ll live in after the collapse of society.
  • It shows to you where others in your group draw the line between their will to live vs their own morals
  • It helps you create a mutual understanding among the members of your bugout group when it comes to who’s more suitable for what role after the collapse of society.
  • It helps you discuss with significant others what kind of survival philosophy your camp will have after the collapse and why that philosophy is important.
  • The game will raise an awareness regarding other areas of prepping that perhaps you didn’t think about.
  • Practice your barter, negotiating and leadership skills to perfection on the subjects that matter most.
  • Conflicted: The Survival Card Game is like a mirror that exposes your real survival philosophy to yourself.
  • Over 50 scenarios that will reveal how unprepared emotionally humanity really is to the collapse of modern civilization.
  • See what other preppers all over the world think a post apocalyptic society will be like, as they submit scenarios and we publish more decks periodically. Have a way to bring this knowledge to your bugout group.
  • It exposes who the true leader of your bugout group really is. Hope you and your group can handle that.
5. Some of the questions seem unusual. Why is that?
Life in a post-apocalyptical world is nothing like life in today’s society. You will have to decide between your morals and your will to live like never before. The questions have to be taken literally during the game. The questions in Conflicted: The Survival Card Game are more about the spirit of the question, than the question itself. For example, one of the cards read:
       “The airplane you stole is too heavy and it’s about to crash. You and your six buddies have five minutes to decide who to dump out, fuel and supplies have been dumped already. Two of you need to go in order to make the airplane stable but there are no parachutes. The two who will need to leave the plane will suffer an excruciating fall to their deaths. How would you handle this situation and why?”
What we are asking in reality is this “If you had to sacrifice 2 of your closest friends so that the majority of the group could live, not doing so would mean the death of everyone, how would you go about it? What criteria would you use to choose who lives and who dies? Are you all in this together and should you all die? Would you be a martyr and sacrifice yourself so that others could live? Should the people who are dragging the team be punished(In this case, the 2 heaviest people)? What would you do?
A desire to avoid answering a question like that, reveals that the player probably isn’t ready emotionally for a post-apocalyptic world.Whatever that answer is, how does the rest of the group (people you will most likely be bugging out with) take it? Will that answer be a good decision for the entire group as well and not just for you? Will they agree or disagree with you completely?
6. What if players disagree?
If players disagree the game takes a life of its own! During a disagreement a multitude of things may happen. Players may gain new perspectives on prepping that is different than their own, players may partially adopt ideas stated by another player to strengthen their first response to a question, or players may simply agree to disagree. You may find a group of four people to discuss the same question 20 to 40 minutes or even longer. The whole deck is not meant to be played in one sitting. We suggest that only 3 cards be into play, per player, at a time.
7. How do the points factor in the game?
The points are a byproduct of game play more than the focus of it. The points help elect who’s answers the group as a whole identify with the most. Scenario questions should be honestly answered at all times. If you tailor your answers just to gain points you are missing the social and tactical beauty of the game. Besides, people know your personality and they will know you are just trying to deceive them, and that may work against you in the future. Honesty counts!
8. Who’s the winner?
The winner is the prepper/survivalist who has the answers the majority of the players agree with. Most likely you are looking at the leader of the bugout group, the person who will bring wisdom to tough situations, the one the rest of the group will naturally follow after the collapse of society because in the end they all agree with this person’s philosophy on survival.
9. Recommended number of players and their ages?
We recommend 4+ players, 18 and older. Conflicted: The Survival Card Game doesn’t have foul language or nudity, but it was designed for mature audiences only.
10. Why should I have this in my bugout bag?
If you do need to bug out, depending on the event, you may very well be faced with the “crazy” scenarios on the cards. Take them with you and meditate on the probabilities, discuss some of the possibilities with your bugout group, and get your emotions ready. You will be making lots of tough decisions that will make you choose between your morals and your own survival.
11. Who should I play this game with?
You should play Conflicted: The Survival Card Game with anyone, the game will take different shapes depending on who the players are. Your camping buddies will have different answers than your family, your seasoned prepper friends will have different answers than the people you are trying to convince that prepping is a good idea. Read through the cards first, then you’ll know who and when you can play the game with. The teaching element of the game comes from the players. Everyone who plays the game adds something special or a unique perspective to the game. The questions are the vehicle that drive interaction!
12. What is the gameplay like?
Scenarios about life in a post apocalyptic setting are read to a player and their answers debated then voted by the rest of the playing group, each player scoring their answers on a 0-3 scale, the player with most points win. Ideally you should have 4+ players and about 3 cards in play, per player. One deck isn’t meant to be played in 1 sitting. The typical game with 4 players and 12 cards in game easily lasts over 2 hours. See the different rules you can use to play Conflicted: The Survival Card Game in the “How to play” section of the website.